© Paul Blakemore

© Paul Blakemore

Lloyd Coleman is a composer and clarinettist whose music has been performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, Sacconi Quartet and New London Chamber Ensemble. 

Born in South Wales, Lloyd won a place at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, before moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers were Gary Carpenter (composition) and Angela Malsbury (clarinet). 

Nowadays, he combines his composing activities with a busy performing schedule – most often with Charles Hazlewood and the British Paraorchestra, the first professional ensemble in the world solely comprised of musicians with disabilities. They launched to a global audience of around half a billion viewers when they joined Coldplay at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In October 2017, Lloyd was appointed as their first Associate Music Director. 

Three years later, Lloyd became the first composer to write a new piece specifically for the British Paraorchestra. Critically acclaimed as a model for integrating disabled and non-disabled musicians, Towards Harmony received a repeat performance at Symphony Hall, Birmingham earlier this year.  

Other recent highlights include two appearances at the Glastonbury Festival with Army of Generals – paying tribute to David Bowie and exploring soundtracks for video games – and a celebration of Barry Gray’s music for the popular TV series Thunderbirds at the BBC 6 Music Festival with Jarvis Cocker. 

When not making music himself, Lloyd enjoys sharing his passion for it with audiences on TV and radio. Since 2016, he has presented the world-famous BBC Proms concerts from the Royal Albert Hall for television, interviewing some of the greatest musicians and singers of today including Sir Simon Rattle, Nina Stemme and Eva-Maria Westbroek. 

Lloyd gratefully acknowledges the support of the Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Memorial Fund and Neil Vint Bursary.